Do Over

A little over a year ago, I read Start, a simply amazing book by Jon Acuff about “punching fear in the face” and doing things that scare you while making a real difference.

Then, a few months ago, I read another book by him – Do OverAnd I’ve been recommending it like crazy ever since.

At a crossroads?  Not sure what to do next?  This book is for you. Jon refers to career changes, both voluntary and involuntary, but this could really be about any massive change that a person is going through and how to best get through it.

The book is fairly simple, with four main types of career transitions that every worker faces at some point in their lives.

On his website, Jon Acuff describes what we’ll face  –

  • You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.
  • You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.
  • You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos.
  • You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.  (From

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending one of his Do-Over book tour talks, at the (book-lover’s dream version of) Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum of Austin. In person, he is just as funny and genuine as he is in print. If you get a chance to hear him, I highly recommend it – you’ll come away with something that will ring true for you, no matter what stage of life you’re in.

My G and I are currently in a stage of great transition, as he readies to retire from the Army and we face the last few years of Little G’s high school. The recommendations and the optimistic realism that Jon Acuff brings to his work will help us now and in the future.

Pardon me while I fan-girl like crazy. I only wish my outside smile matched the happy-happy feeling I had

Pardon me while I fan-girl like crazy. I only wish my outside smile matched the happy-happy feeling I had

So what am I thankful for, this third day of November?  I am thankful for the friend whose birthday we celebrated at dinner and at this book-signing. I am thankful for people who write the words that need to be heard. And I am thankful for warm and genuine writers who share of themselves like this.


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